Over the past year, I have seen a tremendous increase in the number of
people seeking to represent themselves in their divorce. I see these people
struggling in the courtroom and I have had many coming back to hire me
to repair the mess created when they attempted their own divorce or had
their efforts rejected by the Court — who really was just saving
them from further problems down the road.
I have seen divorce decrees that inadvertently awarded a house to the wrong
person, disallowed a parent from seeing their child again, waived years
of child support. None of these were intended. The biggest problem is
that the legal ability to revise a divorce decree (and avoid huge tax
implications) is severely limited.
If you and your spouse are able to work things out and are agreeable enough
to try to wade through the legal system on your own, hiring an attorney
to “do it right” will be relatively inexpensive and end up
saving you potentially thousands of dollars. Attorney’s fees are
based on the size of the transaction and how complicated the problem is
to resolve. Helping a couple process an agreed decree — ensuring
that the agreement of the spouses becomes the actual court order —
is a very straight forward and inexpensive process. This is an area that
spending a few hundred dollars always makes more sense that to try to
work through it yourself.
On the other hand, if you aren’t that agreeable with your spouse
and need more assistance to get through the process, you definitely need
an attorney you can trust. In any event, consider calling us for a consultation
to determine what rights you have and how we can best serve your needs.
Eaker Law Firm
Providing full traditional representation to clients throughout North Texas
and providing cost-effective legal assistance for those moving forward
with self-representation throughout Texas.